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Wildlife Conservation


School - School of Environment & Life Sciences

Subject area - Wildlife

Start Date(s): September


MSc (one year full-time or three years part-time)



Fees 2018-19:

2019-20 fees will be displayed shortly.

Part-time - £1,260 per 30 credit module

UK - £7,560

International - £13,860

In Brief:

  • Obtain the skills, training and qualifications you need to become a wildlife conservation scientist
  • Opportunity to travel overseas
  • Solve contemporary problems in wildlife conservation and master analytical tools
  • Part-time study option
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

The United Nations recognizes that ‘Biodiversity is a common concern of humankind’ (United Nations 2010). Yet, threats to Biodiversity and ecosystems are at a record high and it is now widely recognized that our planet can no longer support the current pressure imposed by our society’s unsustainable ways. There is global recognition for the need to employ professionals in the field of conservation science to take on our planet’s growing environmental challenges.

This course aims to train the future generation of conservation leaders that will work towards a sustainable future for humans and wildlife, in line with the UN Convention on Biological Diversity 2011-2020 Vision: “Living in Harmony with Nature”. Highly qualified, research-active staff within the well-respected School of Environment and Life Sciences will teach you. You will learn cutting-edge skills and use tools necessary to tackle complex issues surrounding our planet’s current Biodiversity crisis.

Course Details

You will receive a broad training in wildlife conservation to help enable you to deal with the complexity of problems faced by wildlife.This MSc course, includes eight 15 credit modules to allow you to gain a broader and more appropriate curriculum and includes field course monitoring to give practical hands-on experience.

The modules for this course aim to provide you with the  skills a modern wildlife conservation biologist needs to execute their role effectively in a wide-range of institutions from NGOs, Federal Agencies to Universities.You’ll be taught by highly qualified, research-active staff within the well-respected School of Environment and Life Science. Example modules include:

In this module you will be provided with key skills and knowledge to pursue academic research at the postgraduate and professional level
In this module, you will learn the essential tools to produce and interpret maps, an essential tool in conservation planning and monitoring.
This module is designed to present the cutting edge in wildlife conservation science by the top researchers in the field (guest lectures). In addition, you will be trained to write popular science articles, a key skill for a successful conservationist.
In this module you will be taught to critically assess various mitigation methods in wildlife conservation, what works and what doesn’t in conservation.
In this module you will learn about the role the invasive species and pathogens play in altering local ecological communities  and biodiversity.
In this module you will develop essential research skills in your area through project work broadly aligned to the focus of your dissertation.
This module is designed to introduce cutting edge computer tools used in the prioritisation of species and areas for conservation.
In this module you will learn about current methods and techniques used to measure and evaluate biodiversity in the field in any country in the world or locally in England.
This module is designed to provide a mechanism to allow development of a student’s investigative (experimental) skills with subject specific aims in the area of wildlife conservation with objectives being dependent on the project undertaken.

Entry Requirements

Appropriate undergraduate degree (e.g., biological sciences, anthropology, veterinary science) with a minimum classification of 2:2 (lower second class).

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Suitable For

This Master's programme is suitable for undergraduates in the areas of Biological Sciences, Anthropology and Veterinary Science around the UK and internationally. However, candidates with suitable alternative professional experience may also be considered. Furthermore, this course may be appropriate for some professional conservation scientists who wish to enhance their job prospects or promotion prospects by obtaining a postgraduate taught course qualification.

Fees 2019-20

Fees for entry in 2019 will be displayed shortly.

Fees 2018-19

Type of StudyFee
Part-time£1,260 per 30 credit module
Full-time International£13,860

Additional costs

  • Field courses - a non refundable deposit of £25 is charged for all residential field courses
  • Field trips - students will not be charged for field (day) trips but are expected to provide their own refreshments.
  • International field courses - for the optional trip to a tropical country (previous trips have included Costa Rica) as part of the Field Monitoring of Biodiversity there is a fee of about £500 and students need to pay for their own flights and visa

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Scholarships and Bursaries

For more information please see our funding section.


This course is taught using a mixture of approaches including the following:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Discussion/debates
  • Guest speaker presentations
  • Student presentations
  • Computer based practicals


You will be assessed in a variety of ways including theoretical essays, practical assignments, oral presentations and a dissertation.

Postgraduate Staff Profile

Prof Jean Boubl

Programme Leader for MSc Wildlife Conservation

My teaching relates to my research in the areas of Tropical Ecology and Conservation; Primate Behaviour and Conservation; Wildlife Ecology and Behaviour and Biogeography.

Find out more about our staff who teach on the course: 

Dr Rachael Antwis

Dr Allan McDevitt

Dr Christoph Meyer

Dr Katherine Yates

Prof Robert Young

Dr Richard Armitage

Prof Mark Danson


Career Prospects

According to the Society for Conservation Biology (2015), jobs in Conservation Biology are growing at a rate of 3% per year. Wildlife conservation biologists are employed around the world in a wide-range of institutions from NGOs and Federal Agencies to universities.

This course reflects the growing importance of solving the global biodiversity extinction crisis and specifically halting the extinction of animal species. This is recognised globally by governments in a number of significant international treaties, meetings and agreements including the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

There is global recognition for the need to employ more conservation scientists to solve and mitigate the problems caused by human activities that are detrimental to the survival of wildlife.

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